We all often make predictions about future, but not always they come true. But when someone like Bill Gates makes predictions they ought to come true! In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book with the title “Business @ the Speed of Thought”, which talked about the integration of technology and business amongst many other things. This book also made certain predictions about the days to come and today 18 years after, it is a bit of a shock how close these predictions have now come to reality. We’ll quote the lines from the book directly in this post so that our readers can get to know how minutely these predictions have breathed life today.
Price Comparison Websites
The book reads, “Automated price comparison services will be developed, allowing people to see prices across multiple websites, making it effortless to find the cheapest product for all industries.”
With a bundle of different websites like PriceGrabber, Trivago etc, we’re sure this prediction has come true.
Online Payments, Financing, and Healthcare
“People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the internet.”
The global payment service, Paypal closely follow this prediction in the recent times.
“Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home.”
The doorbell camera in the fully automated home is definitely on the rise in the recent times.
Automated promotional offers
“Software that knows when you’ve booked a trip and uses that information to suggest activities at the local destination. It suggests activities, discounts, offers, and cheaper prices for all the things that you want to take part in.”
The SEO based marketing? I’m really amazed at these predictions, really!
“Devices will have smart advertising. They will know your purchasing trends, and will display advertisements that are tailored toward your preferences.”
Surely, advertising has grown in this direction in the contemporary times.
Online discussion boards
“Residents of cities and countries will be able to have internet-based discussions concerning issues that affect them, such as local politics, city planning, or safety.”
This hardly needs any kind of explanation. Every news forum has got a comment section where readers can discuss their opinions.
“Project managers looking to put a team together will be able to go online, describe the project, and receive recommendations for available people who would fit their requirements.”
This is the newest global trend lately and it goes without saying that it’s incredible!
Business Community Software
“Companies will be able to bid on jobs, whether they are looking for a construction project, a movie production, or an advertising campaign. This will be effective for both big companies that want to outsource work that they don’t usually face, businesses looking for new clients, and corporations that don’t have a go-to provider for the said service.”
With websites like Up work, Tappyn etc, you only need talent. If you’re looking for work, the opportunity will now come at your doorstep!
Interest-based online sites
“Online communities will not be influenced by your location, but rather, your interest.”
In the recent times, websites divide themselves based on people’s interest rather than their location or identity, of which Reddit is a very popular example.
Personal Assistants and the Internet of Things
“‘Personal companions’ will be developed. They will connect and sync all your devices in a smart way, whether they are at home or in the office, and allow them to exchange data. The device will check your email or notifications, and present the information that you need. When you go to the store, you can tell it what recipes you want to prepare, and it will generate a list of ingredients that you need to pick up. It will inform all the devices that you use for your purchases and schedule, allowing them to automatically adjust to what you’re doing.”
It is really scary how closely this one follows today. If this is not what is called as one genius mind, I don’t know what is!